Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith is facing backlash after saying she would sit front row at a public hanging in Mississippi if asked by a cattle rancher who introduced her
Hyde-Smith said the incident occurred on November 2 in Tupelo, Mississippi
The video went viral on Twitter on Sunday after it was tweeted out by Lamar White Jr
Hyde-Smith is in a runoff election against Mike Epsy for Thad Cochran’s former seat
A moment of shock happened in Mississippi after Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith said she would sit in the front row of a public hanging with a supporter who just introduced her.
Hyde-Smith is in a runoff campaign against Mike Espy after being appointed to the Senate seat that previously belonged to Thad Cochran by Governor Phil Bryant in April. The runoff race will decide who continues to hold Cochran’s seat until the term is up in January 2021. The runoff election is scheduled to happen on November 27.
The viral video was tweeted out by @LamarWhiteJr, publisher of The Bayou Brief. The video has received over 1.8 million views from his post alone. The description with the tweet said the incident occurred in Tupelo, Mississippi, right after cattle rancher Colin Hutchinson had given her praise.
If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row”- Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith says in Tupelo, MS after Colin Hutchinson, cattle rancher, praises her.
Hyde-Smith is in a runoff on Nov 27th against Mike Espy.
Hyde-Smith released a statement in response to the video. Instead of issuing an apology for saying she would attend a public hanging in a state known for a history racially charged public lynchings, Hyde-Smith defended her comment by calling it an “exaggerated expression.”
In a comment on Nov. 2, I referred to accepting an invitation to a speaking engagement. In referencing the one who invited me, I used an exaggerated expression of regard, and any attempt to turn this into a negative connotation is ridiculous.
Her political opponent Epsy denounced her comment, saying the senator “lacks the understanding and judgment to represent the people of our state.”
Cindy Hyde-Smith’s comments are reprehensible. They have no place in our political discourse, in Mississippi, or our country. We need leaders, not dividers, and her words show that she lacks the understanding and judgment to represent the people of our state.
The Mississippi Democratic Party issued a statement demanding Hyde-Smith to “explain herself and then apologize to the entire state she wishes to continue to represent.”
Mississippians were shocked to hear Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith’s casual comments that if a supporter, who had just introduced her, “invited me to a public hanging I’d be on the front row.”
It is sad that Senator Hyde-Smith thought of, much less-used this language especially given our state’s past history. Senator Smith should immediately explain herself and then apologize to the entire state she wishes to continue to represent.